Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic many of us our finding ourselves at home more often while searching for way to connect with others or a way to mentally escape from the stress our ever changing routines. One way to escape and connect without leaving your home is through art. Art, by definition, is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. Visual art can take many different forms and express a variety of emotions. Whether you are new to creating art or returning to practice, it can be a powerful way to cope with stressful times.

Since March 31, 2020 we have been providing virtual and self-paced art opportunities to students both in the area and as far away as Washington State. During this time we have watched new friendships being formed, witnessed both young and old participants begin to see themselves as artist for the first time in their life, and given so many a positive outlet during these stressful times.

As COVID cases are rising and opportunities to see other humans in-person are diminishing for a (hopefully) short time, we want to let you know that we are here with many opportunities to help you create, connect, and learn. Below is a list of our live zoom visual arts classes happening though this December as well as a handful of unique art kits that can help time pass along in a fun and productive way. The Nutcracker Adventure & Personalize Your Holiday Kits are the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit, our Mystery Art & Hours of Art Kits are self-paced but allow you to explore a variety of mediums and art techniques on your own or through , and finally the Doodle Kit is the perfect companion to our Wednesday night Doodle Club or a gift for the doodler in your life. Also, don’t forget to check out our You Tube channel for a handful of free tutorials, storytimes and more all by your favorite MCA instructors.

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Winter Inspirations

Inspired by snow, chilly weather, and the winter celebrations this class will teach you how to create unique gifts and decor. The class fee includes an at-home art kit that will include shrinky dink paper, model magic, metallic markers, extra fine pointe sharpie, suction cups, and more. Students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time. 

Day/ Dates: Mondays, Nov. 16-Dec. 7 

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Age: 7+

Instructors: Lisa Douglas

Fees:  $49 (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful)

Let it Snow!

Inspired by snow, chilly weather, and the winter celebrations this class will teach you how to create unique gifts and decor. The class fee includes an at-home art kit that will include Shrinky Dink paper, model magic, metallic markers, extra fine point sharpie, suction cups, and more. Students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time. 

Day/ Dates: Mondays, Nov. 16-Dec. 7

Time: 2-3 PM

Age: 55+

Instructors: Lisa Douglas

Fees: $24* (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful)

*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund, Aroha Philanthropies, and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.

 

Doodle Club

Join Miss. Lisa and other MCA community members virtually for a live and interactive art session. Each week students will have a chance to unwind from their day as they explore using shapes, lines and patterns to create new doodle designs. Come create and even relax the mind with us.

Students will just need a device enabled with Wi-Fi, white 8 1/2 x 11 typing paper, pencil, eraser and fine line felt tip black pen. Additionally, colored pencils or markers can be used to enhance creations, but are not required. Please make sure to enroll in this class at least 4 hours prior to class start time to ensure you get the Zoom link in time.

This class is free, however if you are find value in this program, our MCA Moments and want to help ensure MCA is able to continue to offer engaging programming during these challenging times and beyond, please consider making a donation if you are able.

Day/ Dates: Wednesdays, Sept.  5-Dec. 16
Time: 7:30-8pm
Ages: 13 +years
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: Free (please read supply list above)

Nutcracker Adventure Kit

You can still celebrate Nutcracker Season through dance and art this year with our at-home Nutcracker Adventure Kit. This fun kit comes complete with a 5” wood nutcracker for you to paint, 6 colors of paint, a paint brush, dancing scarf, MCA nutcracker activity book, and access to a pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime. 

Day & Dates: Kit’s available Dec. 1- 20

Ages: Recommended 4+

Instructor: Self-Paced 

Fees: $12 (includes at-home Nutcracker themed art kit, dancing scarf & on-demand access to pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

Personalize Your Holidays Kit

Make this holiday season and beyond special by creating your very own cards, gift tags, and more. This kit contains everything you need to personalize your gift giving this year, including; 8 Blank 5 x 7 Greeting Cards & Envelopes, Royal Blue & Silver Gelly Roll Pens, Assorted Paper (Metallic, Solid and Patterned), Assorted String/Ribbon, and a Glue Stick. 

Day/Dates: Monday, Nov. 6-Dec. 15

Fees: $15 (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $10 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

Hours of Art Kit & On-Demand Classes

This inclusive kit has everything you need to get started creating on your own. If you want a want to dive a little deeper you can access previously recorded MCA art lessons to learn about blending and creating with oil pastels, how to sculpt a bird out of model magic, perspective drawing, colored pencil techniques, doodling word art and more. This kit is perfect for all ages, but is a perfect addition to a homeschooling curriculum.

What's included (colors or brands may vary):oil pastels, colored pencils, masking tape, pencil sharpener, ebony pencil, fine tipped sharpie, white multi-media art paper, colored construction paper, 2 packs of 1 oz. model magic, link for access to pre-recorded MCA classes

Dates: Available Aug. 24- Dec. 15 (self-paced)

Instructors: access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes

Fees:  $25 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

MCA Doodle Kit

Take your doodling to the next level with this handy Doodle Kit. This kit is perfect for use during MCA's Doodle Club, virtual classes or instruction videos online.

What's included (colors or brands may vary): White, Silver, and Gold Gelly Roll Pens, blending stump (tortillion), Ebony Pencil, 12 colored pencils, pencil sharpener,12 Artist Tiles, 12 Black Bookmarks and extra fine point sharpie inside of a zippered pouch.

Dates: Available October 20- May 31 (self-paced)

Fees:  $19 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

Mystery Art Kit

Sick of hearing “I’m Bored”?  We have just the cure… our MCA Mystery Art Kits will inspire and provide hours of unplugged entertainment. No two kits are the same and they are designed with the student’s age  in mind. Order yours today and let the adventure begin! Each unique kit will contain:

  •  One set of coloring supplies such as oil pastels, colored pencils, paint, watercolor pencils, crayons or markers
  • One binding material such as elmer’s glue, mod podge, glue stick, or masking tape
  • A variety of surfaces to create on such as a postcard, book mark, artist paper, exclusive coloring pages created by MCA staff,  and or construction paper.
  • An art challenge guide created by MCA art faculty to help spark the artist within
  • Other surprise items such as model magic, stickers, DIY masks, or props
  • Links to previously recorded MCA visual art classes (if you have purchased a kit, here is the link to the password protected special access site.)
  • Invitation to share photos of your creations to be featured on MCA’s social media

Dates: Available Aug. 1- Dec. 15 (self-paced)

Instructors: Self-paced booklet with 8 creative challenges created by Brianna Haupt and access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes.

Fees: In-person $24 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

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This art class gave me something different to do in the evening – be in a totally different group of people and learn something new.

MCA Online Student